How Iran and Turkey’s unlikely alliance developed

Turkey needs the Iranian regime on its side and the Iranian leaders are more than willing to assist Ankara and intervene opportunistically to advance their own parochial interests. (Getty) By Majid Rafizadeh October 28, 2019 With Turkey’s recent invasion of Syria — Iran’s staunchest ally — it is critical to shed light on the [...]

By |October 28th, 2019|Syria, Turkey|

Iran opts out of juniors’ chess championship in Turkey to avoid another sports ban

Young chess stars in Iran during a tournament. Undated. (IRNA) October 28, 2019 A series of "considerations" and "financial complications" has forced the Islamic Republic's Chess Federation not to dispatch Iran's team to the World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad in Turkey, says the federation president. Without further elaboration, Mehrdad Pahlavanzadeh insisted on Sunday, [...]

By |October 28th, 2019|Turkey|

Ankara accuses Tehran of betrayal: Is the alliance of convenience collapsing?

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C), flanked by Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L), and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after posing for photographs in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP) October 24, 2019 Recent developments on the ground in Syria may be proof of the demise of the already fragile partnership between Turkey and [...]

By |October 24th, 2019|Turkey|

Why has Iran taken inconspicuous position towards the Turkish military offensive in Syria

Smoke rising from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain as Turkish forces continue their assault, October 15, 2019. (AFP) By Track Persia October 22, 2019 The position of the Islamic Republic of Iran towards the recent Turkish military operation in the Kurdish populated northeastern Syria is view by many observers as inconspicuous. The [...]

By |October 22nd, 2019|Syria, Turkey|

Turkish soldier killed on border with Iran

A Turkish soldier stands at Iran -Turkey border. (Reuters) October 18, 2019 The Turkish Defense Ministry is claiming that a soldier has been killed on its border after gunfire from Iran. In statement released by the ministry Turkey alleges that, one soldier was killed and two other soldiers were lightly wounded. The incident [...]

By |October 18th, 2019|Turkey|

U.S. prosecutors accuse Turkey’s Halkbank of scheme to evade Iran sanctions

A view shows the logo of Halkbank at its headquarters in Atasehir, in the Asian part of Istanbul December 17, 2013. (Reuters) October 16, 2019 Federal prosecutors in New York on Tuesday charged Turkey’s Halkbank (HALKB.IS) with taking part in a multibillion-dollar scheme to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran. The charges against the [...]

By |October 16th, 2019|Turkey|

Turkey’s attack on Syria leaves Iran in difficult position

A Turkish army tank moves near the border with Syria. (AP) By Behrouz Turani October 11, 2019 Turkey's military operation in the Kurdish populated northeastern Syria has left Iran in an extremely difficult position between its strongest regional friend and one of Iran's most significant ethnic groups which views itself part of a trans-border identity. [...]

By |October 11th, 2019|Syria, Turkey|

Iran’s parliament speaker cancels Turkey visit after Turkish attacks in Syria

Iran's Parliament speaker Ali Larijani. (Fars) October 10, 2019 Iran is showing its opposition to Turkey's military incursion into the Kurdish part of Syria by cancelling a high-level visit and holding army exercises. Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani has cancelled his scheduled trip to Turkey, Iranian state TV reported, after Ankara launched a [...]

By |October 10th, 2019|Syria, Turkey|

Iran holds unannounced military drill near Turkey border

The drill involving ground forces coincided with the news that Turkey might conduct a military operation in northeast Syria. (ISNA) October 9, 2019 Iran's regular army has held an unexpected drill northwest of the country, near the common border with Turkey on Wednesday, October 9. The drill involving ground forces coincided with the [...]

By |October 9th, 2019|Turkey|

Iran’s trade with Turkey takes a big downturn

An Iranian worker stands in front of gas pipelines next to the flags of Turkey (R) and Iran. (AFP) By Dalga Khatinoglu October 7, 2019 Iran's total exports to Turkey, including oil and gas in the first eight months of 2019 has amounted to nearly $2.9 billion, which shows a 43% decline compared with [...]

By |October 7th, 2019|Turkey|